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What does the CB mean on a Honda CB350f?

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2008-03-22 22:12:04

They usually don't stand for anything (with a few exceptions),

but the letters can give you a sense of the bike's geneology. For

example, Suzuki came out with the GS series in the seventies. These

were standard bikes - somewhat sporty, but no fairings or similar

plastic. Then they introduced the GSX Katana. Then after that, they

brought out the GSX-R line of sport bikes that were more extreme

than the Katana Some of Honda's bike initials do apparently stand

for things - the VT bikes have V-twin engines, VF bikes have

V-fours, and the Goldwing series is called the GL CB has something

to do with the carburetor design/type. I believe this post is

confusing CB with CV. CB purportedly stands for 'City Bike', but I

have never seen this documented by Honda. CB is an indicator of

Honda's street bike line up (as opposed to RC for instance, which

is Honda's moniker for its competition models). CV carbureators are

a specific type of carbureator, commonly known as Constant Vacuum

or Constant Velocity, in which intake vacuum is used to control the

opening/closing of the throttle plates. This is as opposed to a

throttle cable directly controlling the throttle plates.

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